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The "Whenever Newsletter" containing the wit and wisdom of LDS author Susan Law Corpany is put out several times a year, but not on any set schedule. You will find the stories behind the stories, excerpts from works in progress, humorous insights, ideas for how to avoid doing housework. In other words--whatever and whenever. (Just a touch of rebellion.) Subscription is free and free from the contraint of a publishing schedule, because after all, writers are under enough deadlines. Enjoy!

Newsletter Dated: 9/18/2007 11:02:48 AM

Subject: What Was the Camel Really Thinking?

The last couple of months have been very busy, so I apologize that I have neglected in sending out the reminders when my column ran.

In August we had non-stop visitors, and I played tour guide all month. This is always fun, because inevitably I do things I normally forget to do to enjoy this beautiful island paradise, like watching the sunset from the top of Mauna Kea. First we had our son Chris and his new wife, Zaneta, spend their honeymoon here. They required a minimum of tour-guiding. I gave them they keys and made myself scarce.

Then an old boyfriend of mine from thirty years ago brought his new wife and spent part of their honeymoon at our vacation house. It is always interesting to me the part that people play in my life that turns out, at least for me, to be very different than how I originally expected things to be. Anyone who has known me long enough or who has read Brotherly Love understands that I always had more "brothers" than boyfriends, and somehow managed to convert some of the failed romances to long-term friendships that have blessed my life. As I was driving them around to the sites, our conversation turned to cookies, prompted by the discovery of white-chocolate-covered mac nuts and how that combo was originated in the cookies.

Gary piped up. "I think somewhere I still have a coupon you gave me for my birthday for a dozen homemade cookies. I don't think it had an expiration date."

I paused. "It may not have had an expiration date, but I'm pretty sure that when I gave it to you I was not expecting you to cash it in while I was tour-guiding you around on your honeymoon with your second wife."

After Gary and Tawny left, our daughter Becky and her husband, Josh arrived. We had a great time with them, and Josh did some much-needed repair work on the house. I am now in process of painting our new porch. Next month I will be headed to Utah helping Becky with their new baby--another little granddaughter, due November 3. If anyone is interested, I will be bringing my props for my "Gift From the Sea" presentation, with one tentative presentation already booked. I am trying mostly to focus on helping Becky, but I should be able to work in a couple of presentations during late Oct or November if anyone is interested.

Two days before Becky and Josh left, my niece Lindsay arrived. We had a great time together, too. Lindsay was born right when I moved away from Utah, but we have managed to be close despite the distance. She is attending BYU-I and I hope the trip was a wondcerful break for her.

Two days later, Thom and I headed to Israel for two weeks. He was presenting at a conference there, and I fought back my fears and my inclination to stay home and do something safe like make a baby quilt, and I went with him.

It was an awesome trip, and I am so glad I didn't chicken out. We spent time in Tel Aviv, stayed right on the outskirts of old Jerusalem, and stayed in a wonderful hotel by the Mediteranean Sea in Herzliya during the conference. We visited the holy sites, the Dead Sea, toured around the Sea of Galilee, visited Jaffa, Nazareth and Haifa. Bethlehem is not safe for visitors not in a tour group at present, so we heeded the warnings. I even rode a camel. I was going to circulate the photos Thom took of me riding the camel, especially the ones where it was getting up and down, to our boys to see who could come up with the best captions for the camel's thought bubble. However, before I could, I came up with the winning caption myself. (There is some glitch with Thom's digital camera that made my legs look bigger around than the camel's. Not to worry. I still have the receipt for a return.) Anyway, I came up with "Looks like we're both retaining a little water." I called off the contest, knowing no one could beat that. Well, our boys probably could, but why should I subject my fragile ego to their pummelings?

Look for a few Meridian articles to come from the experiences of this trip, although of course, the less-spiritual ones you'll have to e-mail me in person to hear.

In the meantime, here are the links to my last few columns:

There's some good stuff in these ones--a tribute to a football coach, what happens when you actually try to eat stuff in your emergency kit, how lack of responsibility stacks up to other sins, materialism is not only a trait of the well-to-do, some thoughts on meting out unwarranted praise, and whether or not you see yourself as Melanie or Scarlett.

Feedback always welcomed, especially since I am in need of an ego boost after the camel pictures.


Susan C.

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